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“A beautiful day and a memorable experience”
Review of Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami
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Ranked #8 of 352 things to do in Miami
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Zoo Miami (also known as The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens) is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only sub-tropical zoo in the continental United States. The unique climate in South Florida allows us to keep a wide variety of animals from Asia, Australia and Africa, representing a broad mix of species that is unlike any other zoo in the country. Zoo Miami today occupies almost 750 acres, and is home to more than 3,000 animals representing over 500 different species. Of this population, more than 40 species are classified as endangered. The zoo also houses more than 1,000 species of trees, palms and other plants, and over 100 special exhibits showcasing a broad number of species and scientific topics. We are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) which means we have passed a rigorous application and inspection process and meet or exceed the AZA's standards for animal health and welfare, fundraising, zoo staffing, and involvement in global conservation efforts. Zoo Miami is proud to be an active leader in many global wildlife and environmental conservation initiatives, and we are currently involved in over 36 projects taking place on six continents.
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“A beautiful day and a memorable experience”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

We really enjoyed the zoo and were fortunate to be there on a nice warm, sunny day - but not too hot. It is very spacious and in places it is more like walking in a park. There are many interesting animals and lots of opportunities to interact. We fed the pelicans which was a lot of fun. The food at the Oasis is fairly reasonable. For those who bring their own food, you cannot bring it into the zoo itself. However, there are picnic tables just outside the gates. The parking lot is adjacent so a quick run to a vehicle to grab some food works well. Just get your hand stamped and you will be re-admitted.

Visited November 2012
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“Had a blast.”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

I loved the giraffe feeding. It was totally worth it. The food wasn't as expensive as I expected to be. I didn't like that you had to search deeply for the animals because most of them were hiding. It's a long park so you have to really know your way around to actually see everything. Overall, a nice place to enjoy your day with the family. There's a splashing area where kids can get wet and run around.

Visited September 2012
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Miami and Germany
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“Very nice zoo!”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Miami Metro Zoo is sooo nice! Animals have a lot of space and not in small cages. To walk the park you will need about 4 hours!

Visited November 2012
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“Huge the zoo”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

I would definitely recommend to rent bike in the zoo. It is really huge. I didn't and it was mistake. Save your time and feets

Visited January 2012
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“Not to be missed”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

Having read previous reviews on this site we were not sure what to expect. It's fantastic! The animals are up close and personal and despite what others have said you do not need binoculars. Some are at a little distant but this simply means they have lots of space to enjoy and they do wander closer at times. You certainly do not need the bicycles, we walked the whole zoo comfortably in 5 hours - you will miss things if you cycle. Do feed the giraffes and visit the childrens' zoo, even if you don't have any! The staff are passionate and knowledgeable. The place is well laid out, really just one route to follow and designed so that you don't miss anything. VERY clean and the animals look happy and well looked after. Do check online though for coupons,

Visited November 2012
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